Ration Card

In India, a Ration Card is a crucial document for individuals living below the poverty line. State governments issue ration cards to families so they can get food at lower prices from government-subsidized shops every month under the National Food Security Act. The ration card system is managed by the Department of Food and Public Distribution.

On this page, you will find information about Ration Cards, including the registration process, how to download, eligibility criteria, and checking the list of ration cards.

Ration Card List 2024

To check your area's Ration Card List online, just follow these steps:

  • Visit your state's Food and Supply Department website.

If you're in Uttar Pradesh, for example, go to their site at -https://fcs.up.gov.in/. And click on the 'राशन कार्ड की पात्रता सूची' option on the homepage.

UP Ration Card Portal
  • Pick your district and town or village.

On the new page, select your district. Then, pick either urban or rural and click on your town or village.

NFSA Benificiary List
  • Look for your ration shopkeeper's name.

You'll see a list of FPS/PDS shopkeepers. Next to each name, there are a number of ration cards they handle.

Ration Card Shopkeeper Wise Beneficiary List
  • Click on the ration card number and see the Ration Card list.

Select your shopkeeper and click on the number next to their name, you'll see a list of all the ration cards managed by that shopkeeper.

Ration Card List (State-Wise)

You can check your ration card list by selecting your state from the links provided below.

Andhra PradeshA & N IslandsArunachal Pradesh
ChhattisgarhDadra & Nagar HaveliDaman & Diu
HaryanaHimachal PradeshJammu & Kashmir
LakshadweepMadhya PradeshMaharashtra
Tamil NaduTelanaganaTripura
Uttar PradeshUttarakhandWest Bengal


You can now download your ration card online and use it just like the original one. This online version is called an e-Ration Card.

  • Go to DigiLocker at https://www.digilocker.gov.in/.
  • Sign up or log in.
  • For signing up, enter your name, mobile number, and date of birth, and verify with an OTP.
DigiLocker Sign Up
  • Once logged in, search for "Ration Card" and pick your state's option.
Search Your State For Ration Card
  • Enter your ration card number, district and hit "Get Document."
Enter details tp download ration card
Afterward, your ration card will appear in the "Issued Documents" section, from where you can download it as a PDF.


Registering for a ration card is simple; just follow the steps below.

Ration Card Details On State Portals
Select Your State
Ration card registration form
  • Select and download the appropriate form, such as "Ration Card Application/Verification Form" for either Rural or Urban areas.

Print and fill out the form, attach necessary documents, and submit to the Food Supply Department. Receive a receipt to track your application. If approved, your name will be on the area's ration card list in 30 days.

Additionally, you can also apply for a ration card in any state through the nearest Common Service Center (CSC) in your area.

Check Status

To check the status of your new or existing ration card, follow these instructions:

Ration Card Status
  • Enter your Ration Card Number and the captcha on the "My RC Details" page.
  • Click on "Get RC Details" to see your ration card status.
To ensure the accuracy and current status of your ration card, performing a ration card online check is a straightforward and efficient process.


Ration cards come in five main types, each for different needs:

  • APL (Above Poverty Line) Ration Cards: These are for people who live above the poverty line, often middle-class individuals. The amount and price of ration vary by state.
  • BPL (Below Poverty Line) Ration Cards: These are for people living below the poverty line. They help provide free ration to the country's poorest, especially those without a steady income source.
  • AAY (Antyodaya Anna Yojana) Ration Cards: Given to those with very low or unstable incomes, like street vendors, unemployed youth, women, and elderly people who struggle financially.
  • AY (Annapurna Yojana) Ration Cards: Specifically for poor seniors, offering them monthly rations. It targets the elders above 65 who are in need.
  • PHH (Priority Household) Ration Cards: These aim at the most disadvantaged families, identified through the public distribution system, giving them a priority in ration distribution, with 5 kg of ration per person each month.
Different states give out ration cards in colors like white, yellow, and green, each color for a different group like BPL, APL, and AY. But now, some states have stopped using colors and just give out cards based on the NFSA rules, which are AAY, PHH, and NPHH cards.
Several state governments have launched E-ration Cards using the Electronic Public Distribution System (EPDS). This enhanced system allows the public to access information about ration goods online via the EPDS platform.

Eligibility Criteria

If you're looking to apply for a ration card, here are the eligibility criteria:

  • Eligibility: Only Indian citizens are eligible to apply.
  • Head of Household: The ration card will be issued in the name of the family's head.
  • Age Requirement: The head of the household must be 18 years or older.
  • Family Members: All family members' names will be included on the ration card.
  • No Multiple Ration Cards: The applicant must not already have a ration card issued in another state.
  • Income-Based Issuance: Ration cards are created based on the family's annual income.

Required Documents

Applicants for a ration card must have certain documents, listed below:

  • Aadhaar Card (for the head of the household and members)
  • PAN Card
  • Income Certificate
  • Residence Certificate
  • Samagra ID (for citizens of Madhya Pradesh only)
  • Permanent address, etc.

Linking your Aadhaar card with your ration card is essential to ensure continued access to benefits. The deadline to complete this process is September 30, 2024.

To link, you can visit your state's PDS portal for an online option, or visit the nearest ration shop or PDS office for offline linking.

Common Service Centers (CSCs) can also assist with the process. For any difficulties or further assistance, you can contact the helpline number.

One Nation One Ration Card

The government started a new plan called "One Nation One Ration Card" under the "Integrated Management of Public Distribution System (IM-PDS)" program. Now, people can use their ration cards to get food grains from any shop in India that is part of this program.

At first, it will start in some states and then expand to more. This new system will make it easier for more than 81 crore people across the country to get their food benefits.

One Nation One Ration Card
“One Nation One Ration Card” (ONORC) Scheme which was launched on 9th August 2019.
You can download the "Mera Ration" app from the Play Store to access all ration card services on your mobile.

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana

Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, 80 crore people in the country get free grains. Every person in a family gets 5 kg of wheat or rice and 1 kg of chickpeas each month. So, if a family has four members, they will receive 20 kg of grains and 4 kg of chickpeas every month.

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has extended the PMGKY (Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana) for five years, benefiting around 80 crore people. Additionally, 5 lakh ration shops across the country have been set up to support this initiative.

Helpline Number

For any assistance, please reach out to the helpline below:

DepartmentContact Information
Department of Food and Public DistributionEmail: min-food[at]nic[dot]in
Phone Nos.: 01123070637, 01123070642
Websites: Ministry Website, NFSA Dashboard, Annavitran Dashboard
Helpdesk No.: 1967

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